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Well-known portrait painter to teach workshop this weekend

Artist followed in his father's and uncle's footsteps

POSTED: March 20, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Inspired by the world’s greats such as Diego Velazquez, Edgar Degas and John Singer Sargent as well as his own artistic father and uncle, Marc Chatov entered the family business of painting portraits. And now the acclaimed artist plans to share his expertise to Gainesville art enthusiasts.

Chatov will conduct a portrait workshop in oils from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 21, through Sunday, March 23, at Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Cost is $430.

In the workshop, students will concentrate on painting the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Using constructive and color anatomy, participants will look at the basic structure and color development of human features. Chatov will demonstrate the exercises he does to strengthen his fundamentals of drawing, value, color and composition and applying the principles. Students will work from a live model all three days.

Chatov was born into a world filled with art. His father, Roman, and his uncle, Constantin, were born in Russia but fled to New York in 1922 to escape the Russian revolution. Roman was a renowned portrait and figure painter. One of his most notable works is his mural commissioned for New York’s Russian Tea Room, which is in the New York City Museum.

Constantin was a concert pianist until an injury to his hand led him to follow his artistic passion into the world of painting. He also became an acclaimed painter.

The brothers were commissioned by MGM to paint portraits of Hollywood stars such as Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh. They moved to Atlanta in 1961 and became prominent figures in the art community, both being honored with the Governor’s Award.

Chatov seriously considered making a career of art after he 18. He studied drawing under the late James Sitton, who was acclaimed for his drawing and anatomy instruction, at Georgia State University. He also studied at the Art Students League in New York under Michael Burban and briefly with Nelson Shanks. Chatov began a serious apprenticeship with his father and uncle in his early 20s and started taking on portrait commissions.

Chatov is represented by Portraits, Inc. in New York and has been with Portrait South since 1987. He is a member of Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, and is an Advisory Board Member with the Portrait Society of Atlanta.

Chatov started teaching as an assistant to Roman and Constantin and gradually took over the classes in 1984. Today, he is a Fellow at The Bascom and The Hambidge Center for the Arts.


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